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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Teachers of the Year Program

The Marietta City Schools (MCS) Teachers of the Year (TOTY), are educational ambassadors, and act as advocates for the school system, its students, and its teachers. These teachers are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled.

These are teachers who

2014 System Teacher of the Year

System Teacher of the Year

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics – Stormi Johnson

Stormi Johnson teaches third grade Math and Science. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Nova Southeastern University. She believes her ability to relate to all students in her class is her greatest strength, and that it is her responsibility to ensure her students succeed no matter what path they take.

2013-2014 Teachers of the Year

Teacher of the Year

A.L. Burruss – Gene Howell

Gene Howell is a music teacher. He holds a Music/Composition degree and a degree in Music Education. He believes that listening is a critical skill for success in education and life, and that with that skill all people can be musical; they only need someone to help them discover their performance talents.

Teacher of the Year

Dunleith Elementary – Miriam White

Miriam White is a fourth grade Special Education/Inclusion Class teacher. She believed at young age that she was meant to be in a field that would allow her to help and serve others. Miriam started her teaching career with the Teach for America program. She strives to instill in her students the belief that their current circumstances do not dictate their future outcomes.

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Hickory Hills Elementary – Julie Winsor

Julie Winsor is a Special Ed teacher, and a graduate of Jacksonville State University. She began her teaching career after being a stay at home mom because she wanted to make a difference. As an educator she believes that patience leads to discovery, and discovery leads to understanding.

Teacher of the Year

Lockheed Elementary – Judith Arbelo-Weber

Judith Arbelo-Weber is a first grade teacher and a graduate of Kennesaw State University. Judith states that her greatest accomplishment so far is building partnerships with her students through communication and trust.

Teacher of the Year

Park Street Elementary – Rachel Morrissey

Rachel Morrissey is a third grade teacher, and a graduate of the University of Georgia. At Park Street she is involved with the Reading Enrichment Book Club, Experience America Camp, and the Marietta Band Association. Rachel feels blessed to work in a school with a culture that mirrors her core belief about education.

Teacher of the Year

Sawyer Road Elementary – Kristen Dawson

Kristen Dawson teaches second grade, and is a graduate of Winthrop University and Walden University. Her guidance counselor was the first to suggest that she would make a wonderful teacher, and she is doing what she loves, what she wants and what she is purposed to do. As a teacher, Kristen is contributing her time, empathy and knowledge to building lasting relationships with students and families.

Teacher of the Year

West Side Elementary – Carrie Reeser

Carrie Reeser is a Kindergarten teacher, and a graduate of North Georgia College and State University and Kennesaw State University. Her love of working with children made her realize her calling to teach. She is a product of Marietta City Schools and attended West Side as a student.

Teacher of the Year

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy – Karen Hirons

Karen Hirons teaches a Self-Contained Interrelated Class. Throughout her teaching career she has helped to explain the special education laws to her fellow teachers. Her goal is for her students with disabilities to become as independent as possible, requiring fewer or when possible no special services in the future.

Teacher of the Year

Marietta Middle School – Kayce Grogan-Wallace

Kayce Grogan-Wallace is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, and she currently teaches Theater. Kayce believes theater helps students become more confident, active thinkers, responsive listeners, well-spoken individuals and less introverted. Her students build self-esteem through learning monologue presentation or spoken word projects. She believes that educators are charged with leaving an impression on each student that will help cultivate them for the betterment of society.

Teacher of the Year

Marietta High School – Barbara Manwell

Barbara Manwell is a World History and Economics teacher and has taught at Marietta High School since 2009. A former Michigan State Police Officer, Barbara switched careers to teaching. It is the smaller successes with students that she values. Her greatest achievement has been learning to work effectively with all levels of students.